Certain desserts remind me of specific people. Chocolate plus cream plus butter on a big cookie is the perfect dessert for my sister’s husband (although he might pass on the cookie part – and maybe the cream and butter), so I made it a priority to make the tart noire when I saw my family over the 4th of July weekend. He cut himself a slice during the fireworks, then had some for “breakfast dessert” the next morning (as did I).

If I had looked one Tuesdays with Dorie recipe further, I might have made these br(rrr)ownies over the holiday weekend as well. I associate York Peppermint Patties with my sister; she would have been the perfect person to foist brownies with peppermint patty pieces onto. Me, I’m more of a peanut butter cup kind of girl.

These brownies, though, they are perfect for a York Peppermint Patty lover. Or maybe a Junior Mint, with their higher ratio of chocolate to mint, lover. It seems that those pieces of peppermint saturated the whole pan of intensely-fudgy-from-lack-of-any-leavener brownies to make essentially a huge Junior Mint.

Come to think of it, based on her candy choice at the movies, my mom would have loved these too. I really missed my opportunity to get other people to eat these brownies. Ah well…I guess I’ll have to eat them myself then. If I must.

Karen chose these, and she has the recipe posted.  I’m not sure if this makes a significant difference on the outcome, but I mixed my chocolate chip-sized patty pieces into the flour before folding the whole mixture into the rest of the brownie batter.  Otherwise they were too sticky, and I didn’t think they’d disperse evenly into the brownies.

One year ago: Brioche Plum Tart
Two years ago: Chocolate Pudding


  1. I love mint chocolate in the summer. Yum!

  2. These look wonderful! I love chocolate and mint!

  3. It was incredible how the mint flavor just permeated everything, wasn’t it? Although it appears you didn’t have the white mint lava that I had. *That* was rather entertaining 🙂

  4. Another mint chocolate lover here! Junior Mints were always my candy of choice for movie watching, uh, back when I actually used to eat candy at movie theaters. I’d gladly help you with finishing those off!

  5. They look so INCREDIBLY fudgey and awesome and delicious. I am JEALOUS!


  6. those look like the most gooey, fudgy brownies ever! I don’t like mint much but I’m willing to try these if my brownies will look like THAT!

  7. Oh my ever-loving God. It’s still morning here, but there’s no time like the present to be craving an ooey, gooey brownie. These look incredible, Bridget! Great recipe, and I love the use of peppermint patties!

  8. It’s excellent when you can find a way to give away the TWD love, isn’t it? I always try to find people to eat the treats, but I can’t really argue with keeping these brownies around.. so good!

  9. Oh My! I want one right now. ok, maybe two.

  10. a huge junior mint. good description!

  11. I am definitely a York Peppermint Pattie person and I loved these…can you imagine how rich and decadent they would be with peanut butter cups? Wow.

  12. I just ate a Peppermint Pattie. The wrapper hasn’t even made it to the trash yet. If I show this recipe to my husband, he will probalby insist I make these this weekend! (Hiding the computer now!)

  13. It is fun how different things remind of of different people. 🙂 Glad these turned out well and were well liked. Thanks for baking with me this week!

  14. they look gooey and good! if your sister sees this post, she’ll probably request that you send her some!

  15. Your brownies look so luscious. I used Junior Mints, but next time, I’m going with the patty’s!

  16. These brownies look very good. I’ve got some peppermint candies that have gone soft. Perfect for such brownies!

  17. Ok, first of all, these brownies look absolutely gorgeous and utterly delicious.
    Secondly, I love how you relate and connect food to people in your life. I do the same thing which is why, I think, desserts are so meaningful to me. They’re not just delicious mounds of sugar and butter, but rather sweet memories of special moments and people we love 🙂